New quilting shop in Fresno using a green method to help others pursue the craft

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Colorful pieces of fabric are folded up and displayed at Fresno's newest quilt shop Second Chance Fabrics. (KFSN)

Colorful pieces of fabric are folded up and displayed at Fresno's newest quilt shop Second Chance Fabrics.

"Quilting is coming back. We're seeing a younger generation that is coming through. People are realizing its artistic value and so it's a cool thing to do. It's a hipster revolution," said Shamara Elkins, Second Chance Fabrics owner.

Elkins started the Northwest Fresno store after realizing quilters like her mom had a large stash of fabric lying around.

"So their taste has changed, they don't know why they bought it, they bought it for a project and it didn't work. They can trade those pieces into us for store credit and use that store credit to buy something they love."

Her new green business has been open three weeks and the fabric has already been rolling in from different decades.

Before that, Elkins had her business on the road at quilt shows. However, she saw an artistic niche in Fresno.

Around the shop, you can see the wide variety of fabric styles and colors. The walls are adorned with hand sewn quilts with intricate details, something that amazes many enthusiasts.

"The cutting up of fabric and making something different of it. It's almost like art-- coloring on a page," said Martha Powell, quilt enthusiast.

Second Chance Fabrics is open Tuesday through Saturday.

Owners are looking forward to holding quilting classes in the future, and sharing this unique art form with Valley residents.
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